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December 2004
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Thursday
December 16, 2004
Finance Committee, Early Childhood Policy and Budget Division The 2003 Legislature reduced child care assistance to help address the $4.5 billion dollar shortfall. The budget division holds an informational hearing to examine the impact of those cuts and the status of the sliding fee program, which helps reduce child care costs for low income families. Real Media format 2 hrs, 20 min

November 2004
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Tuesday
November 16, 2004
Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women The Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women dedicates a hearing to explore the history and current status of female criminal offenders in Minnesota. Real Media format 2 hrs, 47 min

October 2004
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Monday
October 25, 2004
Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Tyrone Hayes, University of California, Berkeley and National Geographic Society Research Grantee, presents his latest research on the potential relationship between Atrazine, a herbicide, and frog deformities. Real Media format 1 hr, 45 min

May 2004
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Wednesday
May 12, 2004
Taxes Committee A proposal to allow the White Earth and Red Lake community to operate a metro area casino is before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 56 min
Tuesday
May 11, 2004
Taxes Committee A proposal to allow slot machines at Canterbury Park is before the Committee, along with several other proposals for new gaming in Minnesota. Real Media format 6 hrs, 41 min
Wednesday
May 5, 2004
State and Local Government Operations Proposals to fund a new gophers football stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota and finance new stadiums for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings come before the committee. Real Media format 4 hrs, 23 min

April 2004
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Tuesday
April 27, 2004
Education The confirmation of Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke as Commissioner of Education is before the committee. Real Media format 4 hrs, 7 min
Monday
April 26, 2004
Taxes Committee The final draft of the omnibus tax bill is presented to the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 13 min
Friday
April 23, 2004
Taxes Committee Proposals to provide sales tax exemptions on construction materials and diesel fuel used to build and operate the Northstar Commuter Rail is before the committee. The committee also continues its work in compiling the omnibus tax bill and considers proposals to adopt the federal Military Family Tax Relief deductions and exclusions. Real Media format 5 hrs, 37 min
Wednesday
April 21, 2004
Taxes Committee The committee continues their discussion on the omnibus tax bill. Today’s meeting focuses on a proposed amendment that would prohibit a proposed tire burning facility in Preston, Minnesota from qualifying for tax zone incentives. First on the committee’s agenda is public testimony regarding the Senate’s proposed changes to the renters tax credit. Real Media format 2 hrs, 41 min
Tuesday
April 20, 2004
Taxes Committee The public is invited to testify on the property and income tax articles of the omnibus tax bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 34 min
Friday
April 16, 2004
Taxes Committee The committee continues to develop its omnibus tax bill, and the second draft is presented to the members. (Coverage begins at 01:00:00) The tax on alcohol beverages would be converted to a portion of the tax on the establishments gross earnings, under SF 2769, a measure before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:00:00) Real Media format 2 hrs, 53 min
Thursday
April 1, 2004
Education The committee conducts its first of two confirmation hearings on the appointment of Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke as Commissioner of Education Real Media format 3 hrs, 59 min
Thursday
April 1, 2004
Finance Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division Before the committee is the omnibus K-12 education funding bill, SF 1774. (Coverage begins at 00:00:00). Also awaiting committee action:
SF 2439, the omnibus education policy bill(01:18:00); and,
SF 1921 - Requiring legislative affirmation for the implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind law (01:53:13).
Real Media format 1 hr, 55 min
Thursday
April 1, 2004
Finance Before the committee is a bill requiring inflationary spending calculations to be included in the budget forecast. Real Media format 46 min

March 2004
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Committee Hearing Date Committee About the Debate and Video Coverage View Video Duration
Wednesday
March 31, 2004
Finance Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division The budget division dedicates its afternoon meeting to review the five articles composing the omnibus k-12 education finance bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 7 min
Wednesday
March 31, 2004
Finance Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division The various education policy proposals approved by the Education committee earlier this session are before the education finance division. Real Media format 1 hr, 14 min
Tuesday
March 30, 2004
Finance Committee, Transportation Policy & Budget Division The confirmation of Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau as the Commissioner of Transportation is before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 6 min
Tuesday
March 30, 2004
Finance Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division Several bills attempting to improve school bus safety are before the committee.
The proposals awaiting committee approval include:
SF 1550 - Creating flexibility in the school bus inspection requirements to allow for driver safety training (00:00:00);
SF 2006 - Allowing local school districts to levy about an additional seven dollars per household to replace unsafe school buses (00:35:56);
SF 2043 - Making minor modifications to school bus safety requirements (00:58:49);

Other bills before the committee:
SF 2924 - Offsetting the loss of state general education funding to school districts experiencing a loss of compensatory aid for students from low income households (01:11:51);
SF 3002 - Requiring that future state budget forecasts recognize the need to eliminate education shifts that were previously imposed during budget shortfalls (01:45:54).

Real Media format 1 hr, 56 min
Monday
March 29, 2004
Taxes Committee People who lease automobiles currently pay a portion of the lease sales tax as part of the monthly lease payment. To help resolve the $160 million projected deficit, the Governor is proposing that the total sales tax on lease payments be due when the lease begins. The Governor's tax bill, including this provision, is before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 21 min
Friday
March 26, 2004
Judiciary Voters would have the opportunity to decide whether the state consitution should define marriage as a union between a man and a women, according to H.F. 2798, a measure passed earlier this week by the House and now before the committee.
The committee also considers a proposal designed to limit the authority of the judicial branch to define marriage. (Coverage begins at 03:02:41)
Real Media format 3 hrs, 47 min
Friday
March 26, 2004
Finance Former Finance Commisioners John Gunyou and Jay Kiedrowski present their concerns about the state failing to structurally balance its budget in a joint hearing of the tax and finance committees. Real Media format 1 hr, 39 min
Thursday
March 25, 2004
Finance Committee, Environment, Agriculture & Economic Development Budget Division Voters in the 2004 election would have the opportunity to dedicate a small portion of the sales tax to natural resource projects, under SF 401, proposing an amendment to the state constitution. (Coverage begins at 00:20:56)
Other measures before the committee include:
SF 1942 - extending the interest free status for Methane digester loans (00:00:00);
SF 2289 - transferring state funds to the vocational rehabilitation program (00:09:04);
SF 2275 - Restoring funds supporting employment services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (00:58:55).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 5 min
Wednesday
March 24, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Voters in the 2004 election would decide whether Minnesota should reinstate the death penalty, under a bill before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 30 min
Tuesday
March 23, 2004
Finance Committee, Transportation Policy & Budget Division The committee invites Peter Bell, Chairman of the Metropolitan Council, and Ron Lloyd, President of Amalgamated Transit Union #1005, to talk about contract disagreements and possible resolution to the bus strike. (Coverage begins at 00:11:33) Real Media format 1 hr, 44 min
Tuesday
March 23, 2004
Finance Committee, Environment, Agriculture & Economic Development Budget Division In the summer of 2005, Minnesotans will no longer be able to dispose of old television sets and computer monitors, which were constructed with cathode ray tubes. Before the committee is a bill proposing a recycling program to help state residents get rid of their old electronic products. (Coverage begins at 00:35:30)
Several other proposals are before the committee:
SF 2363 - creating a volunteer professional wetland delineator certification program (00:00:00);
SF 2954 - establishing a grant program for a youth jobs skills and career guidance program within the Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs (01:56:55);
SF 2591 - establishing a grant program for Greater Minnesota employers to help subsidize job retention and creation (02:05:16).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 19 min
Monday
March 22, 2004
Commerce Homeowners who have experienced costly repairs due to mold and other water damage spurred the creation of the proposed Homeowners Protection Act. The measure, SF 2248, is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:05:20.)
Other bills awaiting committee approval include:
SF 2453 - Technical updates to uniform weights and measures (00:00:00);
SF 2379 - Clarifying laws regulating real estate brokers and sales (01:41:55);
SF 2607 - Forming an insurance fraud unit within the Dept. of Commerce (01:52:40).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 8 min
Thursday
March 18, 2004
Education Teachers, education officals, parents and students are invited to comment on the proposed Social Studies standards developed by the administration's selection committee and the three alternatives proposed by the Senate Education Committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 55 min
Thursday
March 18, 2004
Education The proposed state Science standards that are created to meet the federal No Child Left Behind Act await Senate approval, and the committee allots time to education professionals who are concerned about the latest draft. (Coverage begins at 01:03:42.)
Two other bills are before the committee:
SF 2296 - Requiring school districts to ensure that new facilities meet the American National Standard acoustical performance guidelines;
SF 2107 - Requiring school districts that set transportation fees to ensure no pupil is denied transportation due to inability to pay and limiting increased transportation fees to the increased costs for transportation services.
Real Media format 2 hrs, 30 min
Wednesday
March 17, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety For several weeks the committee has considered proposals to protect the public from sex offenders and to deter the manufacturing of methamphetamines. An all-encompassing bill incorporating many of the ideas presented earlier in the session is before the committee. SF 1863 is the Omnibus Criminal Justice Policy Bill. Real Media format 1 hr, 41 min
Tuesday
March 16, 2004
Taxes Committee The Senate Republicans recently announced a plan to solve the projected $160 million dollar budget deficit and fund $41 million dollars in new initiatives. The bulk of the revenue, $100 million dollars, would be derived from state franchised slot machines at Canterbury Park. The plan is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:00:00).
Other bills before the committee include:
SF 2618 - allowing cities to impose a general sales tax without first requesting authorization from the legislature (01:14:10);
SF 774 - Authorizing Clearwater to raise a sales tax (01:27:19);
SF 961 - Authorizing Cloquet raise a sales tax (01:29:25);
SF 2716 - Dept. of Revenue housekeeping bill (01:34:22).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 14 min
Monday
March 15, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Minnesota Drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for not wearing their seat belts, under a bill awaiting committee approval. (Coverage begins at 00:36:00).
Several major crime prevention initiatives are before the committee:
SF 1661 - Making it a crime to flee a peace officer, regardless if it's on foot or other means (00:00:00);
SF 1892 - Increasing the amount of restitution to victims of identify theft (00:06:05);
SF 1791 - Raising the amount of reimbursement to peace officers for the purchase of modern, soft body armor or bullet proof vests (00:25:23);
SF 1888 - Stiffening the penalties for invading privacy (01:01:08);
SF 2245 - Including sex trafficking to the crime of promoting prostitution (01:20:44);
SF 1630 - Extending the time limit for prohibiting trespassing (01:51:28);
SF 2211 - Adding authority to the Dept. of Natural Resources for combating invasive species (02:11:41);
SF 2515 - Allowing drivers to keep a clipped drivers license for identification purposes following a DWI license revocation (02:16:08);
SF 1945 - Clarifying the reissuance of license plates for an impounded vehicle (02:20:54).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 33 min
Friday
March 12, 2004
Elections Minnesotans could amend the constitution to lower the voting age to 17, under a bill before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:34:17.)
Other bills before the committee include:
SF 2300 - Adjusting legislative boundaries in the city of Edina (00:00:00);
HF 307 - Allowing any number of noncommercial signs to be posted in communities during an election season, which begins August 1st (00:13:32);
SF 303 - Conforming legislative districts to be contained withing the boundaries of Congressional districts (00:18:25);
SF 1907 - Moving the responsiblity of handling complaints of unfair campaign practices from county attorneys to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board and expediting the process for handling the complaints (00:45:36).
Real Media format 1 hr, 49 min
Thursday
March 11, 2004
Health and Family Security Human adult and embryonic stem cells could be used for medical research and experimentation, under a bill awaiting committee action. (Coverage of the measure, SF 2077, begins at 00:00:00.) Another proposal, SF 2438, before the committee raises the Medical Assistance provider rate by 2.5 percent, and the additional money must be used raise the pay of long term care workers. (Coverage begins at 01:26:28.) Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Wednesday
March 10, 2004
Jobs, Energy & Community Development The minimum wage in Minnesota would rise to $5.90 per hour beginning July 1, 2004, and to $6.65 beginning July 1, 2005, under a bill before the committee. The minimum wage paid by small employers would be 25 cents per hour less. Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Wednesday
March 10, 2004
Commerce Would the cost of education be less if Minnesota school districts were required to offer employees health insurance through one newly created health insurance pool? That question is before the committee as they consider SF 2491, a bill establishing the mandatory health insurance plan. (Coverage begins at 00:08:42.) Also, SF 914, a proposal allowing grocery stores to sell wine, is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 02:22:37.)
Other bills before the committee include:
SF 2391 - permitting the Dept. of Commerce to release information and data to any national securities exchange or association (00:00:00);
SF 1922 - prohibiting insurers from eliminating homeowners' coverage based on claims from natural causes (02:11:28).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 40 min
Tuesday
March 9, 2004
Health and Family Security Allowing parents access to their teenage children's medical records and requiring their consent before medical procedures are performed is a proposal before the committee. Supporter and opponents of the measure, SF 570, offer their views as well. (Coverage begins at 00:32:53)
Other bills before the committee include:
SF 1665 - requiring all school districts to provide comprehensive family life and sexuality education (coverage begins with public testimony at 00:00:00);
SF 1990 - instructing the Dept. of Health to develop and provide information on all FDA-approved methods of contraception and natural family planning (00:20:16);
SF 2381 - banning smoking in all public places, places of employment, public transportaton and at public meetings (01:29:48).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 36 min
Tuesday
March 9, 2004
State Government Budget Division In helping to resolve the state's $160 million dollar project shorftall, the Governor proposes an additional three percent cut in administrative offices and state agencies. The committee hears from the respective budget adminstrators on how the cuts are to be made. Real Media format 2 hrs, 20 min
Monday
March 8, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The sadness and pain surrounding the abduction of Dru Sjodin was carried by the family and friends who came to testify on her behalf. Before the committee is SF 2486, a bill setting mandatory life sentences for first degree sexual offenders. (Coverage begins at 01:04:22)
Another proposal, SF 2548, expands the predatory offender registration requirement,funds the upgrading of the predatory offender registration database, and appropriates $800,000 to eliminate the DNA database backlog. (Coverage begins at 02:02:48). First on the committee's agenda is an overview of the proposed expansion at Faribault prison. (00:00:00).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 28 min
Friday
March 5, 2004
State Government Budget Division The administration is soliciting bids for the construction of private toll roads along federal interstate highways within the metropolitan area. Whether local municipalities could veto the construction of the private roads is a question the committee is asking of those involved in the contracting process. (Coverage begins at 00:00:00.) Funding cuts in public safety has raised the issue of whether the Minnesota Gang Strike Force should be merged with the Minnesota Drug Task Force. Key law enforcement officials offer their views whether a combined agency is best. (Coverage begins at 01:04:18.) Real Media format 2 hrs, 23 min
Thursday
March 4, 2004
Finance Committee, K-12 Education Budget Division The federal No Child Left Behind Act attempts to narrow the gap between students who are performing well in school and those who are not. It imposes new requirements on Minnesota's schools that have raised concerns among the education community. The Legislative Audit Commission releases its report examining the impact of the new law. Real Media format 1 hr, 45 min
Wednesday
March 3, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, dangerous drug that has had a devastating impact on communities and the environment. The committee dedicates a hearing to review three proposals attempting to curb the manufacturing of the substance. The bills include:
SF 1775 - creating a five-year child endangerment felony and allowing the court to impose multiple sentences (coverage begins at 00:00:00);
SF 2148 - criminalizing a variety of meth-related activities and creating a meth awareness and education account (00:20:05);
SF 1580 - criminalizing various meth-related activies, creating a meth awareness and education account and retailer education program, places limitations on methamphetamine precursor drug sales (00:56:50).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 15 min

February 2004
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Friday
February 27, 2004
Education The Youth Advisory Council delves into several education initiatives before the Senate Education Committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 24 min
Thursday
February 26, 2004
Health and Family Security Awaiting committee action is a comprehensive health care package, SF 1760, limiting the growth of insurance premiums; restoring health care cuts made in 2003; allowing small businesses to join the MnCare program; funding health care education initiatives and instituting an electronic medical record system. (Coverage begins at 01:09:58) Informational testimony about Minnesota's nursing shortage is first on the committee's agenda. Other bills before the committee include:
SF 1699 - Medical assistance estate recovery (00:36:40).
SF 1991 - Human services costs recovery requirements; frachise tax deduction limits (00:38:31).
Real Media format 2 hrs, 38 min
Wednesday
February 25, 2004
Jobs, Energy & Community Development Four distinguised University of Minnesota professors discuss the impact of the climate change in Minnesota. The speakers are Dr. G. David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology; Dr. Peter Wyckoff, Professor of Biology; Dr. Lucinda Johnson, Acting Director, Center for Water and Environment; and Dr. Steve Polasky, Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics. Real Media format 2 hrs, 4 min
Wednesday
February 25, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The confirmation of Public Safety Commissioner Rich Stanek is before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 51 min
Tuesday
February 24, 2004
Education School districts could adopt a policy penalizing truant students by taking away their driving privileges, according to SF 2036, a bill before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:04:40). Students with life-threatening allergies could carry, while in school, nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine, under SF 1880. (Coverage begins at 01:36:12) The committee also considers:
SF 1881 - allowing high school students to carry nonpresctiption painrelievers (02:12:24).
SF 1989 - requiring the completion of Kindergarten before entering first grade (02:28:57).
SF 258 - transferring the management of the Indian scholarship program from the Dept. of Education in the Twin Cities to the Higher Education Services Office in Bemidji (02:39:00).
Real Media format 3 hrs, 7 min
Tuesday
February 24, 2004
Health and Family Security The committee hears from the public about a Senate DFL-proposed comprehensive health care package. The bill intends to limit the growth of insurance premiums, restore health care cuts made in 2003; allow small businesses to join the MnCare program, fund health care education initiatives and require electronic medical data. Real Media format 2 hrs, 30 min
Monday
February 23, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Sex offenders could face an indeterminate sentence, according to SF 734, a bill awaiting committee action. (Coverage begins at 00:01:18). In an effort to keep dangerous sex offenders off the street, various proposals are considered for inclusion into an omnibus committee bill. The proposals include: Real Media format 1 hr, 33 min
Friday
February 20, 2004
Education The Senate Education Committee has the first appointed Youth Advisory Council, which has the task of conveying the needs of Minnesota students to the committee as they confront the problems facing education today. Real Media format 2 hrs
Friday
February 20, 2004
Elections Minnesota voters with disabilities often are not afforded privacy when casting their ballot due to the lack of specialized voting equipment. SF 1666, funding the purchase of that equipment, is before the committee. (Coverage begins at 00:40:37) Another measure, SF 1660, allows the Osseo school district to establish school board seats by district rather than at large. (00:00:00) Real Media format 2 hrs, 9 min
Thursday
February 19, 2004
Education Several of the Governor's education intiatives are before the committee. SF 2135 creates a pilot project to reward high performance teachers (coverage begins at 00:00:00) Another proposal, yet to be formally introduced, holds students with frequent absences and poor performance back another year (01:57:55). SF 2158 creates a scholars of distinction program (02:32:47). SF 2206 requires poor performing students to attend summer classes (02:25:17). Real Media format 3 hrs, 5 min
Thursday
February 19, 2004
Joint Committees The Office of the Legislative Auditor presents its report on the operation of the Minnesota State Lottery to the Legislative Audit Commission. Real Media format 1 hr, 25 min
Wednesday
February 18, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Bills to protect the public from dangerous sex offenders were at the forefront of the committee's agenda. SF 1833 requires sex offenders to submit to a polygraph examination as a condition of release (coverage begins at 00:13:55). Another proposal, SF 1464, calls for lifetime supervision of repeat sex offenders (01:50:20). The hearing also included a demonstration of GPS technology (01:10:12) as well as a presentation in support of polygraph examinations (00:00:00). Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min
Tuesday
February 17, 2004
Education Two bills intending to ease the federal No Child Left Behind education requirements are before the committee. SF 1921 requires legislative approval of the federal requirements before they are imposed upon teachers, and SF 1853 asks Congress to amend the No Child Left Behind Act immediately. (Coverage of SF 1853 begins at 00:48:06; coverage of SF 1921 begins at 001:52:25) The committee also considers a proposal prohibiting intimidation and bullying. (Coverage of the bill, SF 831, begins at 00:00:00) Real Media format 2 hrs, 28 min
Tuesday
February 17, 2004
Taxes Committee A privately financed and owned transit system consisting of computer-controlled vehicles running on an elevated track would be given a big boost under a bill before the committee. The measure, SF 1703, creates tax exemptions for personal rapid transit systems. (Coverage begins at 00:41:53) Payments made to counties for natural resources land leased from the United States government would rise to $3.00 per acre, under SF 1667, a proposal awaiting committee action. (Coverge begins at 00:00:00) The committee takes a look at the variety of fees raised in 2003 to solve the budget deficit. (Coverage begins at 01:22:10) Real Media format 2 hrs, 31 min
Monday
February 16, 2004
Jobs, Energy & Community Development The lion’s share of global air freight in the Midwestern region is flown out of Chicago, and creating incentives for an international air cargo service at MSP is presented to the committee. (Coverage of the bill, SF 1801, begins at 00:13:30) Real Media format 2 hrs, 7 min
Wednesday
February 11, 2004
State and Local Government Operations The Governor assigned a task force to identify financing methods for a new Twins and Vikings stadium, and their recommendations come before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 40 min
Tuesday
February 10, 2004
Health and Family Security Minnesota residents impacted by state budget cuts to child care programs and health coverage testify on how their lives have changed as a result of the measures taken last session. Real Media format 2 hrs, 15 min
Tuesday
February 10, 2004
Taxes Committee Corporations would be prohibited from deducting civil penalties from their taxable income, under a bill before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 10 min
Monday
February 9, 2004
Environment and Natural Resources Voters in the next election would decide whether a portion of the state sales tax should be designated to preserving natural resources, under a proposal before the committee. Real Media format 1 hr, 10 min
Friday
February 6, 2004
Judiciary Public officials responsible for keeping dangerous sex offenders in secured treatment explain the process of civil commitment. Real Media format 2 hrs
Thursday
February 5, 2004
Finance Committee, Environment, Agriculture & Economic Development Budget Division A new exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo featuring grizzly bears, sea otters, wild boar and Amur leopards is part of a $48 million dollar bonding request before the finance division. Real Media format 1 hr, 19 min
Wednesday
February 4, 2004
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The length of sentences for sex offenders and the process by which they are committed to further treatment following imprisonment is an issue at the forefront of the committee's 2004 agenda. Real Media format 2 hrs, 25 min
Wednesday
February 4, 2004
Taxes Committee Minnesota tax law would include deductions for contributions to health savings accounts, as designed in the federal Medicare Prescription Drug Act, under a proposal before the committee. Real Media format 2 hrs, 19 min
Tuesday
February 3, 2004
Education Minnesota's system of rating public schools is the committee's focus during its first hearing of the 2004 session. Real Media format 1 hr, 45 min
Tuesday
February 3, 2004
Health and Family Security The Senate Health and Family Security Committee conducts an informational hearing on federal changes to medicare. Real Media format 2 hrs, 45 min
January 2004
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Friday
January 23, 2004
Education The proposed elementary and high school academic standards for History and Social Studies seizes the attention of the Education Committee in an intense afternoon session. Real Media format 4 hrs, 25 min
Friday
January 23, 2004
Education The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Steve Kelly (DFL-Hopkins), begins its review of the proposed Science standards for grades K-12. Real Media format 3 hrs, 25 min
Monday
January 12, 2003
Crime Prevention and Public Safety The Senate Crime Prevention Committee delves into the process of committing sex offenders to further treatment following their release from prison. Real Media format 2 hrs, 17 min



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